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Long Profile of Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT

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Established:

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut opened to the public in 1947.

The Museum was originally home to the Lyme Art Colony which included well-known artists such as Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf. Today, the Museum features the American Impressionist style of painting, which was prevalent in pastoral Connecticut at the turn of the 20th century.

History:

The Florence Griswold Museum officially opened in 1947, but was established much earlier. The building was built in 1817 and was the home of Florence Griswold's family. In 1899, she turned the home into the Lyme Art Colony, as the beautiful surroundings attracted American Impressionist landscape painters.

In 1903, painter Childe Hassam arrives, and helps establish the Lyme Art Colony as one of the most important centers for American Impressionism.

In 1993, the Florence Griswold Museum is designated a National Historic Landmark.

In 2006, "after 14 months of restoration, the Florence Griswold House reopens as a country retreat for artists. The $2.5 million project preserves the National Historic Landmark and allows visitors to fully immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of an American art colony unlike anywhere else in this country. The House is accurately furnished to its appearance circa 1910, when the colony was the center of Impressionism in America."

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut."

"The Museum achieves this goal through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of original artifacts of American art and history. To this end, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of the nation's artistic accomplishments and the region's distinctive cultural history."

Location:

The Florence Griswold Museum is located in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Please refer to the Museum's website for driving and public transportation directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving and restoring an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations. They use archival materials to help conserve the artwork, as environmental factors such as light, dust and humidity can make an artwork rapidly disintegrate.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum features American Impressionist painting by artists such as William Chadwick, Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman, Matilda Browne and Ellen Noyes Chadwick.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum hosts afterschool art classes and summer art camps. Artists who are interested in teaching these hands-on classes are recommended to contact the Museum.

Employment Information:

The Florence Griswold Museum posts job opportunities in the various departments such as curatorial, educational, marketing, development, and visitor services.

In addition, the Museum posts volunteer and internship opportunities in the various areas.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, volunteer or internship positions. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Tel:860-434-5542.

Florence Griswold Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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